While marathons get all the glory, shorter races are more accessible for many runners. That's why the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K has held the mantle of "Chicago's Hometown Race" since it was founded in the 1990s. Beginning in historic Jackson Park, the race winds its way around the lagoons and harbor before taking over South Lake Shore Drive. With car traffic entirely shut down, racers on the street experience this legendary thoroughfare in a truly unique way, taking in car-free views of Hyde Park, Indian Village, and Burnham Park. The race concludes at the Golden Lady, and is followed by an awards ceremony, finishing festival, and community celebration with pizza, beer, and live music for all the racers, marshals, race volunteers, and friends and family.
Proceeds from the race support the work of Chicago Run, a charity foundation promoting health and fitness for Chicago youth.